UPDATED: MAY 5th, 2020
Our Dallas Y is looking forward to welcoming back members, seeing our active older adults and continuing to provide programs and solutions to keep people healthy in mind, body and spirit.
For the safety of our YMCA members, program participants and staff, we must be very thoughtful and intentional about how we reopen branches. With counsel of medical experts and best practices from other YMCA’s around the country, we are working toward a phased opening of our Dallas YMCA branches beginning June 1st. If we feel ready to do that sooner, we will.
Our plan is to open seven branches in the first phase to see what works and what doesn’t - and then hopefully open another three to five in the second phase. We’ll keep doing this in phases to protect our YMCA staff and members. This approach allows us to prepare our facilities and train staff while helping members get comfortable with new routines. We will be communicating with members to know what to expect when they walk into their YMCA.
We will follow the Governor’s orders, including capacity limits, keeping showers and locker rooms closed, and requiring everyone to maintain six feet of social distance. Our staff and volunteers have been focused on helping our community through the COVID-19 pandemic and are looking forward to seeing our Y family again soon.
Q: Why aren’t you opening May 18?
A: For the safety of our staff and members, we must be thoughtful and intentional about how we reopen YMCA branches. We are working toward opening seven branches on June 1st. If we feel ready to do that sooner, we will. The first phase will allow us to see what works and what doesn’t - and then we’ll open a few more in the second phase. And we’ll keep doing that in phases so we are protecting our YMCA staff and members to the best of our ability. Right now we are training staff on new procedures and processes to help keep everyone safe as we prepare to reopen.
Q: When do you think all the YMCA branches will be open?
A: This is a unique situation so to protect the safety of our staff and members we want to get through phase one before we make that decision. We are committed to working with community health experts to make safe, smart decisions. In the meantime, we'll continue to serve the Dallas community with emergency childcare, food distribution, checking in on seniors, virtual programs for preschoolers through high schoolers, hosting blood drives and more.
Q: Will members be required to wear masks and gloves?
A: We recommend individuals follow the Governor’s orders on wearing gloves when visiting Y facilities. Staff will be wearing masks. The Governor’s Order recommends members wear masks. We’ll encourage members to do so.
Q: How will the YMCA keep staff and members safe? How has the YMCA prepared their facilities for social distancing?
A: We have prepared our branches for social distancing by spacing out equipment, alternating our treadmill and cardio usage to every other machine, limiting capacity in the facility and in classes so everyone has the recommended 6 feet of space.
Our staff will be wearing masks and they are training to follow guidelines that the CDC, Dallas County and City of Dallas officials have put in place. That includes deep cleaning at night and making sure equipment is sanitized after each use and having an ample amount of EPA-approved disinfectant wipes and sanitizer near high touch points throughout our facilities.
Our Dallas Y is looking forward to welcoming back members, seeing our active older adults and continuing to provide programs and solutions to keep people healthy in mind, body and spirit. Read more here about the Y's plans to safely reopen 7 facilities on June 1st.
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Previous YMCA Updates
Please read here for the YMCA update made on March 26, 2020.
For the health and safety of our members, we have made the decision to temporarily close all our locations. Click here to read more from our President and CEO, Curt Hazelbaker.
After much discussion and to prioritize the health and safety of our members regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are enacting the following measures immediately out of an abundance of caution.
The health of our members, staff, guests, volunteers and community are not only a top priority, but it’s part of our mission. Read a letter to our community from our President and CEO, Curt Hazelbaker.